Nature and Environment

Environmental advocates say planned border construction threatens jaguar corridors

Mar 19, 2020 CBP announced plans to build more than 90 miles of border wall in an area advocates say is predominantly remote wilderness.

Your tap water is still safe, say Arizona water agencies

Mar 19, 2020 Answers to FAQs about the safety and supply of water in Arizona amid the pandemic, according to water officials.

Nature Conservancy closes public preserves to limit COVID-19 spread

Mar 18, 2020 Ramsey Canyon Preserve and Patagonia-Sonoita Creek Preserve are temporarily closed.

As Tumamoc Hill closes, Saguaro National Park stays open, suspending fees and closing visitor centers

Mar 18, 2020 The park is also canceling programs in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

Borderlands symposium explores web of people, wildlife in Sonoran Desert

Mar 17, 2020 The Ajo conference last week brought together scientists, tribal leaders and community members.

Opponents of proposed copper mine speak out about threat to Oak Flat

Mar 17, 2020 Indigenous and environmental advocates say the Resolution Copper Mine would irreparably harm the site of cultural and environmental significance.

Indigenous group reaffirms importance of Quitobaquito Springs amid border wall construction

Mar 13, 2020 The group discussed how construction and pumping local groundwater is affecting the sacred site.

"Secondhand: Travels in the New Global Garage Sale"

Mar 11, 2020 Also on Arizona Spotlight: Adiba Nelson shares an open love letter to all women, everywhere; and how UA scientists are understanding climate change through research in the Southern Ocean.

Opponents speak out at hearing on bringing F-35 fighter jet to Tucson

Mar 11, 2020 Davis-Monthan Air Force Base is being considered as a possible home for the new aircraft. Some say will bring too much noise to Tucson's skies.

Study explains how rattlesnakes catch rainwater on their backs

Mar 10, 2020 For the western diamond-backed rattlesnake, the advantage might lie in a labyrinth of grooves on its scales.

Arizona working to define and protect its waterways cut from Clean Water Act

Mar 10, 2020 The state needs to fill a regulatory gap following the new "Waters of the U.S." rule.

Groups offer support for conservationists challenging border wall construction

Mar 9, 2020 Local governments, archaeologists and others have filed briefs supporting a challenge to the waiver of laws for border wall construction.

Conservationists attacked again in Sea of Cortez despite presence of Mexican authorities

Mar 6, 2020 The group working to protect the nearly extinct vaquita marina porpoise was confronted for the third time this year.

Clean energy produced on Navajo land could help power Los Angeles

Mar 5, 2020 With the recent closure of the Navajo Generating Station, Navajo leaders are looking to jump start the tribal economy by partnering with Los Angeles.

January 2020 was warmest January in 141 years of records, NOAA says

Feb 28, 2020 The four warmest Januaries documented in the climate record have occurred since 2016, the agency said.

As Western coal plants close, what happens to their water?

Feb 27, 2020 Closures looming, communities are starting to discuss how this newly freed up water should be put to use.

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